SC Villa 1-1 URA, The Saints FC 0-1 KCCA FC
Sixteen time Uganda Premier League record holders, SC Villa earned their first point of the season following a 1 all draw score with Taxmen, URA FC at Nakivubo stadium on Friday.
New signing, Robert Achema sent the Jogoos into the lead before Yayo Lutimba ground thunderbolt canceled the Villa’s lead in a fully crowded attended match.
The Nakivubo based outfits started on high with numerical attempts forcing the taxmen seat back and resort to a counter attack football.
Villa’s dominance sparked off an influx of set pieces specifically outside URA FC’s 18 yards box but were all blown.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw goalkeeper Brian Bete a former at SC Villa player much busier than any other player.
SC Villa’s lead did not last for long as Yayo Lutimba’s thunderbolt left goalie, Steven Odong helpless with six minutes after the Jogoo’s lead.
Not until the break, there were decimal chances created though at this time, the taxmen had looked a better side to double the score.
The second half resumed with URA FC boss, Moses Basena making an immediate change, replacing midfielder Saidi Kyeyune with Patrick Ochan.
For Antonnio Flores, he decided to introduce striker Umar Kasumba in for John Adriko in search for a second goal
The dying minutes saw winger Godfrey Lwesibawa replaced with Ambrose Kirya and Tadeo Lwanga paving way for Isaac Muleme at the Villa side while young starlet Shafik Kagimu came on pitch for Peter Lwasa at the URA camp.
Interestingly from the 70th minutes on ward every camp launched numerical attempts at either side but the hosts had an edge to break the jinx.
Umar Kasumba appeared in the spotlight after missing a clear chance to head the Jogoos to their first ever win of the season but surprising the ball went over the bar.
In the 74th minute, Ambrose Kirya had a point to prove but his long range shot went over the bar.
For URA, Frank Kalanda Machette had a golden opportunity to call it a day but his fired in shot was forced to deflect off the goal line by Villa captain and a former taxmen employee, Jonathan Mugabi Dante.
Villa could have gone with the three points had Robert Anchema’s 88th minute shot within URA’s box found its way into the net but thanks to goalie Brian Bwete who punched it off to force a corner kick.
The result therefore pushed URA to four points while SC Villa last season’s runners up are tied on a single point out of their two matches played.
Elsewhere, the other day’s match saw KCCA FC edging new comers, The Saints 1-0 courtesy of Sulaiman Akimenyi a Nigerian born striker and their win sent them on top of the logo with seven points.